Question about 2003 Dodge Grand Caravan AWD
We discover that something keeps working it in when the engine is switched off and this make the battery to run down. So each time we switch off the engine , we remove one head of the battery terminal and fix it back when we want to start the vehicle again. But one day, we mistakingly lock the key inside the vehicle at the ignition. We could not attend to it for the whole week because we have to go to work. After 5 days, we try to open the door and when the door is opened, the car refuse to start and we have been on it sisnce then. We have people checked it, but they cant figure out the problem. pls help
From the sound of it you have electrical problem, recharge the battery and if it wont hold the charge,buy a new battery,also the charging system should get inspected by the auto technician for problems,such as undercharging alternator,bad battery,parasitic draw and so on, parasitic draw takes out electrical energy from the battery, and when drained bad enough the car won't start, in that case you can try jump starting the battery with booster cables and another vehicle to get it going, also before going to the garage, make sure that all the switches are turned off, then see if the drain happens again and if it does,get the battery tested to see if its good or defective,the battery maybe weak and not holding proper charge,if the battery is defective replace it, if that don't work go see the technician. Ask the technician for the electrical systems check, when you get there.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
try changing the coil- sometimes they get hot and break down- once they cool off vehicle will start and run until they get hot again
Posted on Jul 27, 2008
Been working on my dad's 97 Caravan longer then i can remember for things you mentioned and have been not able to get him to sell it.
I found that the electrical connections are prone to corrosion and have replaced lots of the wire and pin connection in the wire harness, thank god i have time on my hands.
The instrument panel where the wire harness connects, i found that the solder goes bad and i had to re solder the connector on the back side of the circuit board, where the harness goes so you need to remove the instrument panel from the dash,
Here is a link that can help you retrieve DTC codes and do research on your caravan. I'ld tell you everything what i needed to do to keep my dad's caravan running but that would be a novel. http://www.allpar.com/fix/stall.html
Good luck and keep me posted, glad to help you keep yours running too.
Posted on May 26, 2009
This means that the programming of the Transponder Key has been corrupted or the Programming data of the Key in ECU ( Electric Control Unit ) has been lost or not responding. You now have to get a new Transponder Key. You can get it on E-bay for $30. After you receive it, reprogram the car to the New Transponder Key to the ECU ( the process in usually given in the instruction manual or in the Service Manual ). Then the car will start perfectly.
Posted on Sep 26, 2009
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